Fellow comics nerds might appreciate Julian Sanchez's excellent "The Revolt of the Comic Books," a look at the strangely self-contradictory political valence of contemporary comics. Um, that sentence sounded self-parodic. Sad to say, it was entirely unintentional. But that doesn't change the fact that the essay is excellent, so read it. You might also want to read Shooting War, a creepily convincing premonition of the future of, among other things, Iraq, Jamie Lynn Spears, Maureen Dowd, and our media-saturated culture. Can't say I was too impressed by the portrayal of women, but I'm a bit of a bluenose.